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Saturday, April 14, 2012

One news item on the lighter side getting a lot of attention this week is headlined: What age are we happiest?

How would you answer that question?

I tried answering the question before I clicked on the web site to see the results of the recent study. It was a fun question to ponder. (So much better than why do I owe so much income tax.)

At first, I thought my answer would be the magical time when I held our first-born child in my arms.

I was so intrigued by that little bundle of joy that I wouldn't put her down even when she was sleeping.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

One day in late March of 1912, a small girl walked into the newspaper office in Tamaqua, and asked if she could have a notice posted in the paper in behalf of all the small children in her school.

She handed the reporter a scrap of paper with this brief message: "The scholars of Miss Reif's room are on strike."

It was signed by nine other girls, all between the ages of 8 and 10.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Each month I try to attend a Day of Reflection in a neighboring county.

Normally, there are around 15 to 20 of us who attend. This month, there were so many they ran out of chairs. The director noted the huge attendance was due to the topic: The Two Halves of Life.

I was more than interested in the subject because I had just written a column about what we lose and what we gain in the second half of life.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

I'm convinced that Olive Garden is a culinary dividing line.

There are those who love the place, especially the breadsticks. And then there are those who despise it, calling it phony Italian, microwaved food.

For some, a trip to Olive Garden is a special treat. But others say the place is a fraud because the food is unlike anything served in Tuscany, contrary to the restaurant's promises.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Easter egg hunts are one of those spring time events that one looks forward to as a child almost as much as Christmas sometimes.

The excitement of seeing brightly colored eggs scattered across the field or on a hillside and the eagerness of waiting for some lucky adult to give the signal to "GO!" can bring out the child in almost everyone again.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

This morning as I was watching "Good Morning America," I heard this snippet about President Obama's statement he made at The Associated Press luncheon about the use of a word former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney said to describe Paul Ryan's budget. The word was "marvelous."

Saturday, April 7, 2012


Some Saturday humor.

A man hands the teller at his bank a withdrawal slip for $400. He says, "May I have large bills, please". The teller looks at him and says, "I'm sorry sir, all the bills are the same size."

Saturday, April 7, 2012


My good friend, Jack, who lives out of state, emailed me several weeks ago.

He was hurting.

He informed me that he had to put his dog down the day before, and he was in agony over the decision. The pet he had was 12 years old, and had become a bonifide member of the family throughout those years.

But age, and ailments, had caught up to him, and that necessitated Jack to play God, and decide on putting the dog out of his misery. It was a decision he dreaded.

Saturday, April 7, 2012


It's Holy Saturday. My mind goes back half a century to when I was an altar boy in St. Joseph's Parish in Jim Thorpe. Every Saturday night during Lent, the pastor led us in the Stations of the Cross. I was often one of the two altar boys who accompanied him around the walls of the church, stopping (if memory serves) some 13 times to contemplate each of the tortures that were inflicted on Jesus.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

This is the 100th article that I have written since I started voicing my opinions concerning our government and our society. I never thought that I would be able to produce a new article each week. Thankfully, our government and our politicians give me plenty to write about. I would like to thank all of you who read my articles and e-mail me your comments. This "Centennial" article is too big for a single issue, so I am breaking it into two parts. The first part describes how President Obama will manipulate the voters to ensure he is elected in November.